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Cheat Sheet for YOUR Product Selection


I find it fascinating to walk into a beauty supply store of any sort and take on the challenge of finding the perfect hair products that will satisfy all of my needs. When it comes to packaging, fragrance, convincing commercials, sexy stars promoting a particular brand, my  personal sensitivities and allergies, I feel like throwing whatever is on sale in my cart and beelining to the check out.

For this reason, I created a cheat sheet to use when considering hair products for yourself. I'll simplify a few of the ingredients and descriptions commonly used so you can choose with confidence.

Sulfates: I hear this word all the time. Sulfates are a chemical detergent that’s extremely effective at removing oil and dirt. They’re harsh on the hair and scalp and they strip away natural moisture that lives in your hair, but they’re also responsible for creating the luxurious bubbles. Look for co-washes or lower sulfate cleansers and conditioners that clean the hair while leaving natural moisture intact.

Parabens=Preservatives: Preservatives are used to lengthen shelf life by preventing bacteria from growing. The further down the list of ingredients you find them the better because these chemicals are trace amounts. It’s common today to find paraben free products. Just remember not to keep them on the back of your shelf for too long.

Silicone: A synthetic material with the ability to lubricate, seal and bond which can also waterproof and coat the hair strands giving an illusion of shine. Any ingredient with -cone at the end is a form of silicone. Ideal shine happens when hair is properly hydrated and kept as healthy as possible. Silicones prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft making it a dirt magnet. They can weigh hair down, making it limp and very dull. If you use products with silicone, it's a great idea to clarify your hair weekly or biweekly.

Alcohol: There are many types of alcohol found in hair products that can affect hair in different ways. Depending on the alcohol's molecular structure, some can be more stressful to the hair than others. SD Alcohols, typically found in hairsprays, are a bit more drying on the hair, while cetyl alcohol is more of a 'fatty'  (oily) alcohol which can be more like an emollient on the hair helping the hair cuticle to lie flat. Propylene glycol, on the other end of the spectrum, is waterfriendly and can attract and hold water in the hair.

Although, I’m no chemist, I addressed the most common concerns I see at my salon and offered some easy solutions. As with reading our food labels, more and more people are reading the labels on their beauty products. I hope this little cheat sheet helps you. Remember to keep in mind your hair type and your desired result. The product that’s best for you may not be the product that your best friend is raving about.
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Complimentary Skin Services for Customer Appreciation Month!

Treat Yourself This November

November 2, 2016

November is Customer Appreciation Month!


Schedule Your Next Hair Appointment Now

Treat Yourself This Month

November is our CUSTOMER APPRECIATION Month and we'll have a cornucopia of eats and treats for you all during the entire month.
 
Specifically on November 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th we will have an esthetician here to pamper you with 3 specially thought out treatments to choose from.
No strings, no sales, we simply want to offer something special to add to our month of expressing gratitude.
 
If you don't have an appointment already... Call Now :) If you do--just know that you are in for a treat!

 

Complimentary Esthetician Services:
(Offered Nov. 3, 4, 10 & 11 Only)


1. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive exfoliating treatment performed with a scalpel that removes the outermost layer of the skin along with fine vellous hair (peach fuzz). Leaving the skin looking smoother and with a brighter complexion! 
2. Eye lift - Achieved through EMS ( Electrical muscle stimulation): Improves skin vitality and tones facial muscles. Causing the muscles to go back to youthful form and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 
3. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - Helps brighten, and tighten dull skin, breaks up congestion and reduces comedones.

See Our Full Service Menu & Book An Appointment Now!

 
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Gray Coverage with WOW Root Touch Up Powder


September 1, 2016

A morning routine for DIY gray coverage.

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Hair Essentials


When deciding what hair products to use, it's important to consider the basics, even when hair styling is your profession. Recently, I attended a class where the educator took us back to the basics which was so eye-opening for me. This was the first time I learned about FORM.
 
Each type of product, generally, has a particular outcome on the hair. Once you really understand this form-ula, you can purchase and use products more confidently.
 
The FORM is broken down into five categories: Prep, Foundation, Creams & Lotions and Textures and Finishing.
 
Prep is the step that’s most often skipped. Products include detanglers, heat or UV protectants or  leave-in conditioners. The ingredients can provide a nice veil of protection or moisture to your desired style, or fight off (or embrace) humidity.
 
Foundation products give structure to your hair. Even if you want a weightless shape, you still need a light foundation that will carry your hair through the day and beyond. Products include gels, foams, mousse, root boosts, and volumizers. These products give you a strong base that can last for days, some even have memory that will find it's way back to the original shape you created (sounds weird, but it's true).
 
Creams and Lotions are some of my favorites, as they’re usually lightweight and add softness. If you are one who doesn't like the 'feel' of products in your hair, then a lotion might be a good fit for you. The products add a light protection over your hair cuticle and give the hair a little slip, making blow-drying with a round brush a breeze.
 
Texture products include waxes, pomades,pastes,sugars, and powders. These are trendy and fun and a great way to change up your style for the day or to create different finishes on your hair(i.e., dirty, second-day hair, high shine, matte,piecey, beachy, gritty).
 
Finishing products include hairsprays, weatherproofing, and spray shines. These are your final touch!
 
The next time you’re in the mood to change your look or to add something new to your styling routine, start by asking yourself what look you want to achieve?Each look has a prep and finish with a bevy of choices in between. Remember, just because you’re in the mood for a change, doesn't mean you must cut off all of your hair. Reaching for a different product can be a simple solution. The beauty in this isyou have the option of changing your mind the next day.
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How To: Twist Curls


February 12, 2016

Learn how to style beautiful twist curls with Maree in this video:
See the finished look here:
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